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  • June 02, 2011

LOCAL NEWCOMER YOUTH GET AHEAD BY GIVING BACK

Gravelle announces $37,761 for Thunder Bay Multicultural Centre youth programs

June 2, 2011 - Immigrant and newcomer youth in Thunder Bay will be able to develop skills while giving back to their neighbourhood and cultural communities.

Through Ontario’s Youth Opportunities Program, the Thunder Bay Multicultural Association has received $37,761 to provide mentorship, leadership training and community engagement activities for newcomer and immigrant youth. Participants will gain marketable skills, and build social and professional networks through volunteering and collaborating with community leaders.

Investing in the skills and talents of all Ontarians is part of the McGuinty government’s plan to support our not-for-profit sector, strengthen our communities and grow our economy.

QUOTES

“I’m happy that our government sees how important it is to invest in programs to help young people new to Thunder Bay and the area. This funding will support local youth-focused workshops and training with various community organizations, and help young newcomers find their place here in Northwestern Ontario.” -- Michael Gravelle, MPP Thunder Bay-Superior North

“This program develops relationships, connection to community and networks for young people new to Canada. Newcomer youth participants, community organizations and volunteer mentors will all benefit.  It is an introduction to the workplace for newcomer youth, enhances cultural understanding within organizations and enhances leadership skills and coaching/training abilities in the mentors.” -- Cathy Woodbeck, Executive Director, Thunder Bay Multicultural Association

“I am inspired by the commitment and the passion of our youth. They are proof that young people want to and can make a difference. They show us, through their contributions to building stronger communities, that youth really can change the world and build a brighter future for all Ontarians.” -- Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

QUICK FACTS
- Sixty-one projects in 23 communities across Ontario will deliver the Youth Opportunities Program.
- The program targets newcomer and immigrant youth between ages 16 and 24.
- Five million Ontarians volunteer more than 800 million hours annually – equivalent to 420,000 full-time jobs.

LEARN MORE
Find out about the Youth Opportunity Program projects happening across the province.
See how Ontario is supporting volunteerism.

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